Today was the start of my yearly smack down on the local walleye population. The water temps were slowly creeping up to the magic number (45 degrees) and it was time to have at them. Only problem was a torrential downpour earlier this week rose the water levels and dirtied up the water. The MWC was in town and after the first day weigh in first place was 11 pounds and that was only one fish. On top of that my friend and old mentor Sparky called me to say that the water was to dirty and I shouldn’t bother. Normally I listen to everything he says, this time I was glad I didn’t.
I waited until later in the day to give the river a chance to warm up some and clear up. Dirty water warms up faster and with the all day sun I figured it would help. Don’t really know if it cleared up any from the morning but I didn’t care. I arrived at a half empty lot (odd for this time of the year) and launched around 5:30 pm. I saw my friends, Dave and Larry, so I drove over to see how they were doing. They didn’t have anything yet so after a quick game of banana keep away I set lines. Since the water was so dirty I decided to run Smithwick Rattlin’ Rogues. These are a plastic body bait with bb’s in them, thus making them rattle. When conditions are like this I need every advantage I can get.
It didn’t take long and after about 15 minutes the first one of the year was in the cooler. It was shortly followed up by number two. Things were looking good, I got myself straightened around and about 15 minutes later number 3 was on and in the boat. As I was setting my lines back down number 4 hit. It was starting to look like I was going to be done in about 45 minutes but the fish had other plans. During this time I made a quick call to Larry to let them know the where’s and what on. They had a couple and Dave had just lost one. About half an hour later number 5 hit and I was done. Can’t complain about that, especially since the south wind was kicking my ass. I swung by Dave and Larry again to check in, they were up to 4. I asked if they wanted to give me the banana back but they declined.
So that’s it for this trip. 5 for 5, no lost lures, no hang ups, no injuries, boat ran great and I am well on my way to filling up the new SD card on my GPS with waypoints. Now all I need is for the level to drop on The Huron and maybe I can finally catch a steelhead.